For the second year in a row I’m taking on a tremendous challenge to help in the fight against AIDS and I hope you will support me. Starting October 20, I’ll be training for the LA Marathon and I’ve made it a personal mission to raise at least $10,000 for AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA).
I figure that most of us are doing ok and we can drop a few dollars to help some truly needy folks. Our friend Jimmy Canchola had people that looked out for him when he was dying of AIDS. Too many victims do not have that type of help available. That is why Renee and I have donated to APLA in Jimmy's memory. We are asking all of you to throw some money towards this and hit up your friends to do the same.
Along with a fantastic group of TEAM TO END AIDS (T2) participants, I'll be running 26.2 miles through Los Angeles on March 17, 2013! I’ll be training at least three days per week because I want to do something that’s not only physically challenging for me, but also beneficial to APLA's clients.
Nearly 1.2 million Americans are now living with HIV and 56,000 more will be infected this year. For over 25 years, APLA has provided food, home health care, and other services to thousands of people whose lives are affected by HIV/AIDS. Many of them are living in poverty and have nowhere to turn.
That’s why I’m asking you to help.
So I'm thinking that if all of you ask anyone you can think of for even $5 I can reach this insane goal of $10,000. In addition to helping out a good cause, I will have some bragging rights amongst the training group.
Please donate today by clicking on the button that says, "Donate To Support..." It's easy! Help me exceed my goal of raising at least $10,000 and make a difference in the life of an APLA client today. Donations are put to use immediately — so please, donate today!
Thank you so much for caring, and thank you for your support.
The Journey Continues
LA Marathon March 17, 2013
It is hard to believe that another LA Marathon has come and gone. Way back last October I didn't know if I could do another 26.2 mile race. But I decided to give the training one more try and see what happened. Well one thing led to another and all of a sudden I found myself at Dodger Stadium early in the morning March 17th.
I am glad to be a part of the T2EA team raising money for those less fortunate. The spirit amongst our group is incredible. We had to overcome the terrible news that our beloved Coach Scott had died. To honor his memory we hung together and created an even stronger bond with one another. We spoke of Scott often as we went through our training runs. He was a terrific guy and someone that I am pleased to have known. His dedication and selfless attitude will not be forgotten.
Marathon day was as perfect a weather day as you could ask. It was mostly overcast with highs in the upper 60's. It only got a little bit warm through parts of Hollywood.
I was careful to drink and eat at the right times along the way. I also followed my running schedule closely; one minute run followed by a 3 minute walk. There were a couple of steep hills that I chose not to run. I didn't want to waste the energy! I felt good for the whole race. Of course I got plenty tired but that is to be expected. I finished in 7:23:13 which is 5 minutes faster than last year.
I did everything right except at the end. Instead of walking after I crossed the finish line I chose to sit down for some strange reason. I know better than that but I just walked about 100 feet and plain sat down. The result was that lactic acid built up in my system and caused dehydration. Renee called for the medics and they took me to the hospital. After two bags of saline and some oxygen I was fine. The paramedics and later the doctor did an EKG. Everything checked out great. The doctor said if I had just continued to walk nothing bad would have happened. We left the hospital in time for 7 PM dinner reservations. I ate very well.
I can't explain why I chose not to heed the advice of our coaches who warned us about stopping at the end of the race. It just seemed like the thing to do because I was tired after 26.2 miles.
I want to thank all of you for your support this year. I could not have done this again without all of your kind words. This was truly a great experience and I am glad that I was able to accomplish the LA Marathon for the second time.
13th Training Day March 10, 2013
We gathered for our last training day before the marathon. There were more than a few tears shed as we recounted the days since our first meeting last October. The most important day was when we lost our coach Scott Bolivar. We miss him terribly but will always remember his unwavering love and support. He famously said, "keep going, no matter how slow but just keep moving forward". We all wear a medal with this saying as a way to honor his memory.
The eight mile run seemed real easy as the weather was cool. We ran a bit in Griffith Park and then went a ways into Burbank. As always Scott's parents were there to greet us at the halfway mark with the usual table of goodies. Every pace group gave them a thank you card. They are amazingly strong people with a true commitment to helping T2EA raise funds for AIDS victims.
This has been another fun season of training for the marathon. The race itself is one that I will do mostly alone as it is almost impossible to keep our group together. There are just too many people in the race. So I will take some tunes along and enjoy the sights and people that line the route. They come out to cheer us on and often offer home made goodies. It is truly a spectacular day.
Thanks for all of your support this year.
Stay tuned for the race report next week.
12th Training Day March 3, 2013
Because this is only a ten mile run we didn't get started until almost 8 AM after all the announcements and things. At 8 AM the weather was nice and cool. However by 11 AM it was almost 80. That is real warm for running. I was beat tired when we finished. The fast runners got done before the temperature went up too far. But it is good training for the marathon as we will be out there around 8 hours and could have many types of weather.
It is hard to believe that I will be running another marathon. I sometimes question my sanity. But it is for a good cause and I will take it easy. The coaches say to run the first 10 miles at a slower than normal pace. Then if it feels okay we should increase our speed. I will try that. Last year I went out way too fast and had lots of trouble around mile 16. I had to walk over 5 miles before I felt good enough to run again. I don't want to do that again.
One more week of training to go and then the big day.
Eleventh Training Day Feb 23, 2013
This is a big day in our training as we were scheduled to run 23 miles! Because my group, Scott's Angels, run at a slower pace than other groups we started out at 5:30 AM. Our normal starting place was closed because of construction. So we gathered across the street from the LA Zoo.
The route took us through Glendale, Burbank and Toluca Lake.
I did very well until mile 16. At that point I experienced severe muscle fatigue. When I reached the water stop at mile 19 the coaches insisted that I stop running for the day.
I hadn't run for three weeks because of work schedules. The coaching staff said if I didn't stop that there was a good chance I wouldn't be able to finish the marathon. I listened to them as I figure that they are the exports and I am not.
We have two more weeks of shorter runs and then the marathon on March 17. I am looking forward to finishing another race. It sounds crazy but I like being able to say that I did a marathon.
Thanks as always for your continued support.
Tenth Training Day Jan 26, 2013
Seventeen miles today. It was a bit warm so we slowed things down a bit. The course wasn't too bad. However there were two tough hills. One real steep but short and the other with a gradual incline that seemed to go on forever.
Coach Scott is really missed as he was a great teacher and a terrific cheerleader. His parents continue to show up and provide us with the nutrition needed to run. They also provide us with much needed inspiration, especially on these long runs. We love them dearly and hope that our friendship gives them some comfort.
Please ask your friends and family to help us raise money for this most worthy cause. Thank you for your continued support.
I wish I could write more today but I am real tired. A nap is going to be in order shortly. You can watch my run at http://connect.garmin.com/player/266297635
Until next time.
Ninth Training Day Jan 19, 2013
Normally at this point in our training a seven mile run would be a piece of cake. But today was a real struggle. I couldn't run last week because of a pulled muscle in my back. Also this last five days I have been working from 7 AM to midnight.
So I didn't do any of my maintenance runs. I kind of huffed and puffed today but with the help of my team I managed to finish. This running stuff is hard and it doesn't seem to get any easier with age.
But I am glad that I am a part of this effort. In some ways it gives me a real meaning and purpose to my life. Not that I don't have other important things but the AIDS charity is certainly a big deal for the unfortunate victims. Your support makes a difference. Please ask your friends and neighbors to join us in this great cause.
Next week we tackle seventeen miles! I will get in my walks and runs this week so that I have a chance to get through the day. It will be a tough deal but I know that I can manage.
It was hard to see Coach Scott's parents today. As always they were at the halfway point with the usual selection of treats. As you might expect his death has been a terrible burden for them to bear. I can only hope that the love of our T2EA community is some comfort. We all have renewed our commitment to this charity in honor of Scott's memory. He was a truly wonderful human being. One of the great souls that God has made.
Eighth Training Day Jan 5, 2013
Today was the toughest six miles we have done. We were all stunned and heart broke to learn about the death of Coach Scott. It happened earlier in the week and I wondered what kind of turn out there would be today. Well it seemed as if anyone that had known Scott came to Griffith Park to honor his life.
We spent considerable time with hugs and tears as we remembered our friend. He was as generous and kind as anyone you could meet. He was there last week to greet us as we finished the nasty run in the cold and rain. He looked good. But with the cancer battles he has faced I suppose his death is not too surprising. We will miss his sunny attitude and his gentle guidance with our running.
His steady hand and willpower got me to the finish line at the marathon last year. I will run this next race in his memory.
Coach Scott Bolivar
May God rest your soul and shelter you with His tender grace.
Seventh Training Day Dec 29, 2012
I get to the training site this morning at 7 AM. Not only are we running 12 miles but the forecast is rain and 47 degrees. Not what you would normally want for a day off. But we are a crazy bunch so off we went.
Renee came out to the site today which made things a lot better. She volunteers at the water stops and gives everyone a greeting and encouragement. I really enjoyed seeing her out there.
The run was as miserable as you can imagine. The rain never let up and the temperature never got above 50. Just to make things a bit more fun the wind picked up for the last five miles. There wasn't one part of me that was dry. The cold just settled in my bones. The only thing that kept us going was the knowledge that we are helping folks that are in dire need. So no matter how bad it was for us on the course there are too many people that are in much worse shape. But that didn't stop us from complaining all along the way. But our group is tough and we clocked in at three hours and 44 minutes. That is pretty good considering the weather and all the traffic lights. So we are on track to finish the LA Marathon in less than eight hours.
Next week we will do a recovery run of six miles. The week after that we will tackle a fourteen mile run. This is nuts but I am having fun. The people that I run with are great. We truly enjoy our time together and they have become close friends.
You all are invited to come on out to Griffith Park any Saturday to watch us. If you decide to head over just let me know and I can send you directions to the site. You can even volunteer to help with the water and treats! Everyone will love you for that.
Here is the website to watch my run today. http://connect.garmin.com/activity/255485618
As always thanks for your kind support.
Sixth Training Day Dec 22, 2012
It was a very chilly 39 degrees in Griffith Park as we gathered at 7 AM. I do not dress very warm as running tends to heat me up quite quickly. So during mornings like this I am always anxious to get going right away. However we always have some instructions and a brief meeting before they let us hit the road.
Once we got started I felt ok after the first mile and a half. As usual the parents of Coach Scott were at the halfway point providing some tasty treats. I take full advantage of the opportunity to fuel up. I was very careful to maintain a good caloric intake today as last week I had a bit of a problem after the run. This week everything was good. I listen closely to the coaches so that I can continue running safely. The extra eating during the run today did the trick. I felt fine at the finish.
Our group Scott's Angels went out for breakfast afterwards. We were all famished and ate quite a healthy amount of food. It was a fun time at Patys in Burbank. We sat outside on the patio. It had warmed up a lot and we were heated up after the run.
Next week we will go for 12 miles. This was a big milestone last year because we had to run some nasty hills. The coaches all say that the hills are great for training to run a marathon. I guess if you can conquer those hills you can navigate the rather flat LA Marathon course.
As always I thank you for your support. Please ask your friends, family and others to help with this most important cause.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.
Fifth Training Day Dec 15, 2012
It was a cool and bright morning here in Los Angeles. So what better to do than run ten miles? Kind of crazy I know, but what the heck.
We ran mostly through Griffith Park. Although there were a lot of hills to navigate the views are spectacular. We ran next to the golf courses and the LA Zoo. The weather did warm up some so things were actually very comfortable.
As usual Coach Scott's parents hosted the snack table at the halfway point. Their crackers with peanut butter and dill pickles are still my favorite. I grabbed some gummy worms and red twizzlers to go and off we went.
About the seven mile mark I felt my heart rate go up so we took an extra walk segment. When we returned to base camp it was determined that my pulse was a bit fast. One of my running partners is a nurse. She had me lie down with my feet elevated and they brought me some fruit and Gatorade. It wasn't but just a few minutes before I felt fine. After they talked to me for a while I was told that I have not been eating enough during the run. So next week should go well, I am sure that the gals in my pace group will make certain that I get plenty of fuel. They are like den mothers.
Just as a precaution Coach Cindy insisted that I not be the one to drive home.
I am a little sore and not moving too fast but otherwise things are good. I will be back to training next week.
Whatever little pain I may have can't compare to the difficulties many of the AIDS patients endure. So for them I thank you for your continued support. I ask that you send this website to as many people as possible. I have a goal of $10,000 for this year. With your help I know we can get there.
Fourth Training Day Nov 17, 2012
It is 7AM on a Saturday and I am in the rain at Griffith Park ready to run a six mile training course. I am thinking that this is crazy but it is for a good cause.
Renee has come out to cheer me on today. This is a big moment as she is just nine weeks out from her knee surgery. The uneven ground in the park is quite a test for her stability. She passes with flying colors!
We run a rather easy course with just one gradual hill. The best part of the run is the three mile water stop. Coach Scott's parents are in attendance with their usual variety of tasty snacks; including the return of the cracker, peanut butter and dill pickle concoction. I really like that. Also there are red twizzlers and many other fine items. Coach Scott says we are running a bit too fast so we take a little extra time at the food table. The running isn't so bad when you take into account the fun we have.
Our pace group Scott's Angels welcomed a new member today. Owen had run the Honolulu Marathon ten years ago. He wants to do the LA Marathon now at age 60. He fits right in and takes part in the incessant chatter as we run. This is a great group of people and I am glad to be a part once again.
After the run today a number of us go to Bob's Big Boy in Burbank. This is a legendary place that attracts a large Hollywood crowd. They still have car hops on Friday night. We spent about an hour eating and talking.
I will be getting out a fundraising letter in the next week. Thanks to those who have already donated.
Third Training Day Nov 10, 2012
This was my first day back running for two weeks. I was working last Saturday. The lack of training showed as I kind of huffed and puffed the 5 miles. The course had a nasty hill that thankfully was at the beginning of the run.
My pace group, Scotts Angels, increased by 4 people today. A couple of folks came over from another T2EA training program and the other two were brand new to this running stuff. Everyone got along well and the extra people made the run go by quicker.
I am having some problems with my GPS watch. If I can't fix it this week I will go get a new model. I am told that we ran the 5 miles in 1 hour and 23 minutes. The coaches said that was excellent at this point in the training, especially considering the hill.
Next week we will be running six miles. I think the halfway point rest stop begins. I look forward to that as there is always something good to snack!
Many thanks for your support.
Second Training Day Oct 27, 2012
The training run today was only three miles but it seemed a little longer. Mainly because I haven't run since finishing the marathon last March.
It is going to take me a while to get back into running shape.
I do enjoy seeing friends from last year and meeting all the new people. It is hard to believe that I am one of the alumni now. I know how hard this is but yet here I am. That's because we run for a worthy charity that does a lot to help some truly needy folks. I figure this is the least I can do to honor the memory of our dear friend Jimmy .
Next week I will be working for NBC at Santa Anita covering horse racing. But I will be back in training the following week.
Thanks again for your support and many words of encouragement.
First Training Day, Oct 20, 2012
So on a real nice Saturday morning in LA I find myself in Griffith Park at 7AM.
Yes once again I will train for the LA Marathon and I must say that it seems nice to be back among these people. We are here for a good cause.
We did do a two mile run today to determine our pace groups. However most of my group from last year decided to stick together once again. We call ourselves "Scotts Angels" in honor of the training head coach Scott Bolivar. He had a tough year as he battled two different types of nasty cancer. We celebrate his life and are thankful he can be with us.
I hadn't run since finishing the marathon last March, but everything seemed to be ok. I ran the two miles in 29:42. Not too bad for being so out of shape.
Many thanks for your continued support and interest. I will have the GPS tracking feature up and going for next week and will post the website.
Stay tuned for this crazy adventure one more year.
I Must Be Crazy
So I get this email about running the 2013 LA Marathon. Somehow I not only said yes but I set my fundraising goal at $10,000.
But I figure that running is good for me and the money raised sure does help a lot of people that really need a helping hand.
Please donate and get some of your friends to pitch in. If everyone does just a little bit we can reach my goal.
Stay tuned as this nutty adventure continues.
TEAM TO END AIDS -- Los Angeles | The David Geffen Center: 611 South Kingsley Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90005 213.201.1400 : T2EA@apla.org
TEAM TO END AIDS (T2) is a marathon and endurance training program benefiting AIDS Project Los Angeles.